Airbnb first came to our attention when a friend of ours came back from a trip to Austin a few years ago and told us about some of the awesome places she’d stayed in on the trip – converted barns with fully stocked kitchens, hosts who gave them guided tours of the town, swanky apartments – all peoples homes that they rented out and all cheaper than the motel options available to them! I remember we immediately googled it and Jim set up an account. And we’ve found some beauties since. Last year when Jim needed a place for him and 10 friends to stay in Amsterdam, he turned to the site and found a super swanky pad that meant all of them had a bed, they were close to the city centre and importantly, as it was football time, didn’t break the bank. His mum has been using it all over the place too, they just got back from a trip to Alaska where they stayed in a spare room in the flat and had dinner cooked for them by their hosts, and is currently in Australia as we speak staying in another!
So we turned to Airbnb. And we found a really cute little flat full of vintage features, records rather than a tv, a comfy bed and a lovely host who even suggested places to dog walk to us. All for less than half the price the hotel would have cost us. Crazy! We’ve even thought about offering our spare room out on the site once we have the house a bit more sorted!
The things we’ve found most useful is the fact you get to fully investigate the property before you commit. We love that users leave reviews (very important in my eyes), that you get to see so many pictures of the property (how else would I check out the skateboard stairs?) and also that you get to have a chat with the people you are renting from. Not only do you get to know a bit about them, especially if you’re just renting a room, but you get to find out an insiders view on the place too!
So, are you an Aibnb user? (If so, I don’t suppose you have any Whistler recommendations do you? Or Vancouver? Or Seattle?) Or do you rent your home/spare room out through it? Is it worth it?